Dean Parisot has directed many projects. Episodes of MONK and JUSTIFIED, one installment of THE TICK, and the Jim Carrey / Tea Leoni remake of FUN WITH DICK AND JANE are chief among his credits.
All of which is fine and good, but to Geeks Parisot's most significant claim to fame is helming GALAXY QUEST - 1999's smart, charming, TREK-adoring homage. Many people believe GALAXY QUEST to be the best STAR TREK since the original TREK series, even though it's not really STAR TREK at all.
While I enjoyed Abram's 2009 TREK tremendously, in terms of overall TREKness, I'd concur with the above assessment. GALAXY QUEST is consummate "Classic TREK" by proxy. Its cast (Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, and Sam Rockwell) utterly nail the vibe of both the frustrated actors they portray as well as the archetypical heroes they eventually become, and the whole of film comes together seamlessly under Parisot's astute guidance.
As such, it was with no small amount of interest that I learned that Parisot will be directing the sequel to 2010's RED. The first installment was directed by Robert Schwentke, who won't be returning this time around - although original scripters Erich and Jon Hoeber are writing the new picture. The original film's core cast - Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, and John Malkovich - are expected to reprise their roles.
RED grossed nearly $200 million in box office alone off of a budget of less than $60 million. More about its sequel over at THR, HERE.
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